Becca White Places in 5000m Run in Day One of the New England Championships
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WESTFIELD, Mass. – Racing in her final New England Championships, Quinnipiac women's outdoor track & field graduate student Becca White (Natick, Mass.) added to her already distinguished legacy by placing in the 5000m on Friday from Westfield State University. White was the lone Bobcat to place on the day in which Quinnipiac fielded runners in six different events at the annual gathering of the top track and field talent all throughout New England.
White, one of the most talented distance runners to ever lace it up for the Bobcats, capped off her incredible career with one more notch on the belt in Friday's action at the New England Championships. She came through with a clutch 8th place finish in the 5000m, placing ahead of the 9th place finisher by a mere 1.40 seconds. White's time of 17:22.05 was good enough for the final spot in the Top 8, accounting for Quinnipiac's one point in the team standings. The lone placing Bobcat on the day, White gutted out one final late push down the track to close out her career as one of the program's best.
Also running well in the 5000m for one final time was the sister senior tandem of Amanda and Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.). The two powerhouse distance runners closed out their Quinnipiac careers with 18th and 22nd place finishes, respectively, in the New England Championships. Amanda wrapped up a stellar four-year career with a time of 17:58.80 while Brianna was right behind her as she crossed the line in 18:14.11.
The Bobcats' dominating sprinter was also in action on Friday as the program 100m and 200m record holder freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) competed in both her signature events. Pisciotta performed brilliantly in her first appearance at the New England Championships as she picked up a time of 12.70 seconds in the 100m to finish 30th out of 40 runners while she clocked in at 25.98 seconds in the 200m to place 25th overall out of 31. The Bobcats' freshman sensation wrapped up a brilliant first season, helping break two program records, with plenty more room for growth in the coming years.
Another cornerstone this season for the Bobcats has been their sophomore 400m specialist Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Also racing in her first career New England Championship, Baker came through with an impressive 20th place result out of 34 competitors with a time of 58.87 seconds. Her season still isn't over as she looks to make one final mark on Saturday in the 4x400m relay.
One of the more dynamic athletes on this 2014 Bobcat squad was also in action on Friday as sophomore javelin thrower Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Conn.) scored a new season best and program record on Friday. Mears finished her day with an impressive 36.38m throw to break her previous season high and program record of 36.13m established just last week at the MAAC Championships. Her throw was good enough for 15th place overall out of 25 other competitors.
Concluding the Bobcats' day was senior Kelly Malloy (Sewell, N.J.) who placed 21st in the 10,000m with a time of 42:56.31.
Quinnipiac will hit the track again on Saturday with appearances in the 3000m steeplechase, 1500m run, 4x800m and 4x400m relays.
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